We take a look at the Lissenhall Harp Ensemble, a group of young harpers from County Tipperary in Ireland.
It is coordinated and directed by All Ireland Champion harp player Fiana Ni Chonaill who hails from Castleconnell, County Limerick. Breton harper Lizzie Affolter, who is currently living and teaching in Ireland, will also join the group for the trip.
The group showcases the diverse nature of the Irish harp, which is, of course, Ireland’s national emblem.
Their repertoire consists of some of Ireland’s most beautiful melodies ranging from haunting slow airs to lively dance music.
A number of the members are multi-talented and will demonstrate the exciting sounds of the tin whistle, concertina, highland bagpipes, and cello. The performance will also include some traditional Irish singing and dancing.
The musical arrangements acknowledge the roots and traditions of the music, song and dance that is reflective of the current musical environment in Ireland.
The group was originally formed for a cultural exchange but they have continued to perform together and bring their music to audiences in Ireland as well as abroad. They have performed at Comhaltas Ceoltoiri Eireann events, volunteered at local charity events for Milford Hospice and are regular performers at Limerick City Milk Market.
The group has undertaken two cultural exchanges with harp ensembles in the South of France and on the Isle of Man.
Fiana herself has extensive experience as a performer both in Ireland and in Europe and is also sought after as a teacher in the Limerick/Tipperary areas with many travelling to seek her guidance and expertise.
You can find out more info by visiting www.fianaharpmusic.com
You can see them play on
29th April in Newcastle at the Tyneside Irish Centre www.tynesideirish.com 0191 2610384
30th April in York at The Upstage Centre Youth Theatre www.lissenhallyork.eventbrite.co.uk or email firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve tickets.
Sunday 1st May in Southport at the Scarisbrick Hotel
Tickets from the hotel reception or at the tourist information at The Atkinson Library.